Many soaps you'll find at the store are proud to show off "antibacterial" on their labels. And that's a good thing, right? Perhaps not. Research has found that antibacterial soap is no more effective in killing bacteria during hand-washing than "regular" soap. The triclosan in antibacterial soaps and other products may also be harming the environment by seeping into waterways and interfering with algae photosynthesis.
On September 2, 2016, the FDA ruled to ban 19 chemicals used in antibacterial soaps. The organization decided that not only do consumers not need these ingredients, but that they may be dangerous. However, according to the FDA's news release, "This rule does not affect consumer hand 'sanitizers' or wipes, or antibacterial products used in health care settings." Watch the videos below to learn what the chemicals in antibacterial soaps do.